Notification for Prior Approval to Change the Use from Agricultural Building to Residential Dwelling Checklist

NOTE: Prior notifications are not planning applications but are confirmation of the intent to take up 'permitted development' rights. 

In order for your application to be accepted as valid you need to comply with the National Requirements set out below:  

National Requirements 

Application Form or written description of the proposed development. 

A plan indicating the site and showing the proposed development. A plan drawn to an identified scale will assist in assessing your development proposal. 

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  • Details of any partial demolition required and an explanation of why demolition is reasonably necessary to carry out any building operations. 

Building Operations: 

  • A schedule of building operations in relation to the installation or replacement of windows, doors, roofs, or exterior walls, or water, drainage, electricity, gas or other services.  
  • A schedule of materials/finishes/colours in relation to the installation or replacement of windows, doors, roofs or exterior walls.  
  • Explanation of why the extent of building operations is reasonably necessary for the building to function as a dwelling house.  
  • Photographs of the building/s and land subject to the application.  
  • A Structural Survey and Existing/Proposed Elevations are recommended but not mandatory.  

The local planning authority is also required to determine whether prior approval will be required as to: 

a) transport and highways impacts of the development,  

b) noise impacts of the development,  

c) contamination risks on the site,  

d) flooding risks on the site, or  

e) whether the location or siting of the building makes it otherwise impractical or undesirable for the building to change from agricultural use to a dwelling houses.  

f) design or external appearance of the building (if building operations are proposed)  

It is highly recommended that any information relating to these matters is submitted with the application as there will be insufficient time to request and consider such information within the prescribed determination period.  

Information to support the application could therefore include: 

Transport Assessment
Noise Assessment
Land Contamination Assessment
Flood Risk Assessment

The following report may also be required: 

Biodiversity and Geological Conservation Assessment 

All submitted plans must be to a recognised scale, plans that include the words 'Do Not Scale' will not be registered. 

Advice for hard copy applications: 

2 sets of paper documents need to be provided.  

General Data Protection Regulations Check: 

To ensure your application is processed and validated quickly, please DO NOT INCLUDE SIGNATURES or any personal information that requires redacting within any of the plans or accompanying documents other than the application forms.

If information of a personal nature needs to be submitted as a material consideration, please include this in a separate document clearly marked as such.